If there is one thing that I have been forced to learn on this journey to entrepreneurship it’s patience and humility. Growing up as an only child I’ve always been accustomed to getting things when I wanted it and how I wanted it and I’m not going to lie, it made adulthood a bit hard. I remember one thing my mother told me, I think I may have been in my late 20’s or early 30’s, but it was “Kenyetta do you know what humility is.” I took it as an insult at the time and my pride to over, but now that I am XX years old, lol, I understand what she meant and why she asked me that.
“The hardest test in life is having the patience to wait for the right moment”
When I say this journey has allowed me to realize how much I have grown up and why out of all my ventures, I wasn’t granted this success path at an earlier age until now. I definitely didn’t have the patience that I have now. Sometimes I am wowed at how age matures you and I reminisce about young me vs mature me.
When starting a business you have to realize that with every step there is a process that we all must go through to accomplish the greater goal. If you continue to try and skip the path, you’re only going to find yourself starting back over again and again not ending up where could’ve been if you would’ve taken your time. The reason we must take these steps and walk the path is to be able to appreciate the bottom once you get to the top. This is where the good ole humility comes into play, lol. When you’re able to look back and smile and say I went through that for a reason now I’m making it my choice to never mess it up and do my best to continue to be great because “I did that.” It’s like a privileged kid that’s been given everything all of their life, they’ll never know how to appreciate things in life if they were never taught to actually go through the hardcore sweat to achieve it.
“Ego kills knowledge as knowledge requires learning, and learning requires humility”
I know you’re saying that’s easier said than done but I’ve walked the walk and I am still walking the walk. I cry, complain and contemplate on getting a job, but then I laugh at myself because lord knows I am not equipped to get up at 5:30 and sit in traffic to be at someone else’s business for 9 hrs. So take my advice be patient bask in the journey and enjoy the path, enjoy the tears, enjoy the struggles, I promise you, you are going to look back and those tears of fear and struggles will be tears of joy. Every time you cross a chapter finish line your going to look back and smile and say, I did it all for moments like this.
Tips that help me:
- Watch the “Secret” (it’s on Netflix). It’s always a pick me up
- When you’re going to bed find an affirmation on youtube, place your phone under your pillow as you sleep and allow it to play in your ear
- Surround yourself with those that you want to be like, even if you think you don’t belong. Eventually, you’ll become them and begin doing business with those in your environment
- Remember if you give up now you’ll regret it when you see someone else accomplish what was meant for you
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